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February 06, 2007

Round 2: USI vs. UMSL, UMR
Eagles rise to 8th in national poll

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The 8th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team goes on the road for round two against the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Rolla this week. The Screaming Eagles travel to UMSL Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. contest and to UMR Saturday for a 3 p.m. game.

USI won round one last week at the Physical Activities Center, defeating UMSL last Thursday, 83-61, and UMR last Saturday, 98-80. Eagles' senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida) led the squad last week with a double-double, 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Sullivan was followed in the scoring column by senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) with 13.5 ppg and senior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) with 11.5 ppg. Hall broke the USI single-season record for three-point field goals made and will continue to add to his total of 84 long-range buckets.

Van Winkle tied a season-high for a second time this season with 17 points Saturday against UMR.

For the season, Hall is on top of the scoring column with 15.5 ppg. He is followed by Sullivan with 13.5 ppg and junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana) with 11.1 ppg. Page also leads the Eagles with 4.0 assists per game.

On the boards, USI senior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana) is the best Eagle at clearing the glass with 7.4 rpg. Sullivan is second with 6.7 rpg.

The Rivermen (8-12, 3-9 GLVC) of UMSL were 0-2 last week on the road, losing to USI and Kentucky Wesleyan College. UMSL also features the GLVC's top scorer in senior forward Brett Ledbetter with 18.9 ppg. He is followed by senior guard Troy Slaten with 14.6 ppg.

USI leads the all-time series, 23-11, and has won 13 of 15 since 2000 against UMSL. Both of USI's losses to UMSL have come at the Mark Twain Building.

The Miners (7-14, 2-11 GLVC) of UMR also had a 0-2 road trip last week and have lost their last five games. UMR junior guard Yamani Ball leads the Miners with 15.6 ppg, while senior forward Tyrone Davidson is second with 10.9 ppg. Davidson is UMR's top rebounder with 6.6 rpg.

USI leads the all-time series, 4-2, and is 3-0 against the Miners since UMR joined the GLVC.

The Eagles, who are tied for first in the GLVC West Division with Quincy and are ranked second in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region ranking, rose to 8th in the national rankings. USI was joined in the top 25 by Quincy, who is 12th.

NABC Division II Top 25
1. Winona State (8),21-0
2. Bentley, 21-0
3. Findlay, 20-1
4. Metropolitan State, 19-2
5. Central Missouri, 19-1
6. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 18-2
7. Grand Valley State, 19-2
8. Southern Indiana, 21-3
9. Minnesota State, 21-2
10. Clayton State. 19-2
11. Humboldt State, 16-3
12. Quincy, 17-4
13. Northwest Missouri State, 17-4
14. West Liberty State, 18-2
15. Emporia State, 18-2
16. Augusta State, 18-3
17. Cal State-San Bernardino, 14-4
18. Rollins, 18-3
19. Millersville, 18-3
20. Henderson State, 15-5
21. Virginia Union, 12-4
22. Seattle Pacific, 14-7
23. Benedict, 17-2
24. Barton, 15-5
25. Montevallo, 17-5
Others receiving votes: Cal Poly Pomona 19, California (Pa.) 17, Midwestern State 12, Nebraska-Kearney 8, Saint Rose 8, Alderson-Broaddus 5, Armstrong Atlantic State 4, Bryant 3, Valdosta State 3, Pfeiffer 2, Mercyhurst 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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